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6:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Avondale targeted as first site to improve low birth rates

Credit USAID

The launch of the StartStong initiative is the pilot for what may become a national model to lower pre-mature birthrates.

StartStrong is a geographically focused initiative to redesign healthcare delivery and reduce preterm birth rates. The program launched Tuesday evening, March 11 at Avondale Southern Baptist Church and is open to the public.

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Neighborhood life
4:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Cincinnati Council likely to expand foreclosed property registry

Cincinnati Council is likely to approve an ordinance Wednesday expanding a program that requires banks to register their foreclosed properties with the city.  It has been operating as a pilot effort in five city neighborhoods.  

Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld, who proposed the registry a couple of years ago, said it is showing good results.

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City retirement
3:57 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Federal Judge could oversee a solution to Cincinnati's pension mess

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Council could vote next week on an ordinance that would essentially let a federal court mediate a permanent solution to fix the city's currently under-funded pension system.  

Mayor John Cranley introduced the idea Tuesday during a city hall press conference.  

One item up for negotiation could be the compound cost of living adjustments some city retirees now enjoy.  Changing that has been a thorny issue.

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Local News
2:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Madisonville woman imprisoned in vote fraud case released

Melowese Richardson
Ann Thompson WVXU

Melowese Richardson, sentenced to five years in prison last summer on four counts of illegal voting, has been released from prison due to her mental condition, according to her lawyer.

Tuesday morning, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered the Madisonville woman released from prison and placed her on five years of probation.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph T. Deters agreed to the new sentence.

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Cincinnati Council
2:18 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Task force to review Cincinnati's charter for the first time in nearly 90 years

Council member Kevin Flynn
Provided, City of Cincinnati

A Charter Review Task Force is being formed to do the first comprehensive review of Cincinnati’s city charter since it was adopted nearly 90 years ago.

Council member Kevin Flynn, who chairs council’s rules committee, put out the call Tuesday for people to volunteer to serve on the task force, which will be expected to meet regularly for six months to a year before recommending charter changes to city council.

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